Rose Hips are the accessory fruit of the rose plant and contain the plant’s seeds. The fruit begins to develop in spring continuing into the early part of summer. They go on to reach maturity during late summer and early autumn. Although rose hips are used predominantly as a herbal tea, they are also used in a wide variety of other products. Included among these are syrups, jams, jellies, bread and wine.
Rich in Vitamin C, rose hips provide the body’s immune system with a powerful supplement. In addition, Vitamin A, E and B-complex together with minerals such as magnesium, manganese, sulphur, zinc, calcium and iron all help counter an array of ailments. The presence of antioxidants such as flavonoids, carotenoids and polyphenols in rose hips can ease arthritis and help prevent the occurrence of chronic diseases. Rose hips are effective in lowering cholesterol and assist in controlling blood sugar levels in diabetics.
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